Category Archives: Counties Of England

Hillfield House & Gardens, Gloucester

I first glimpsed Hillfield Gardens in London Road, Gloucester whilst on the bus from Cheltenham to Gloucester. An intriguing site the Gardens were originally created for the grounds of a Victorian house,  built in 1867-9 in an elaborate and stylish … Continue reading

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Cowdray House – Remains of Empire

Anyone who knows me will know that the mere sight of an old house or elderly estate will light a fire under me that compares with the fires lit under John Latimer and his cronies, standing over heretics fires in … Continue reading

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Leaving Spitbank

Spitbank Fort, somewhere in the Solent between Portsmouth and the Isle Of Wight. Originally built, along with its sisters No-Mans Fort and Horse Sand Fort, by Lord Palmerston in the middle of the 19th century, their primary purpose was to … Continue reading

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Ironbridge & Abraham Darby III

The world’s first iron bridge was erected over the River Severn in 1779. Costing over £6,000 it finally opened on New Years Day 1781 and was in consistent use until 1934 when it closed and became a designated Ancient Monument. … Continue reading

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Coalbrookdale & Abraham Darby I

Abraham Darby I (14 April 1678 – 8 March 1717) was the first and most well known of three generations of that name. He was born at Woodsettle, Woodsetton, Staffordshire, just across the county boundary from Dudley, Worcestershire, into an … Continue reading

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Warwick Kingmaker

Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick KG (22 November 1428 – 14 April 1471), known as Warwick the Kingmaker, was an English nobleman, administrator, and military commander. The son of Richard Neville, 5th Earl of Salisbury, Warwick was the wealthiest … Continue reading

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Around Stratford, with Swans

Just a few images taken in and around Stratford on Avon in Warwickshire.                                

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Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle, steeped in a thousand years of British history, has weathered the storms and vagaries of rebellion, war, pestilence and neglect and emerged as one of the finest examples of a Norman Castle in Great Britain. But despite its … Continue reading

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Regional England : Essex

Essex (/ˈɛsɨks/) is a ceremonial and administrative county in England, and one of the home counties. North-east of London, it borders the counties of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to the north, Hertfordshire to the west, Kent across the estuary of the … Continue reading

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Regional England : Norfolk

Norfolk (/ˈnɔrfək/) is a low-lying county in the East of England. It has borders with Lincolnshire to the west, Cambridgeshire to the west and southwest and Suffolk to the south. Its northern and eastern boundaries are the North Sea coast … Continue reading

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